What caused this once gorgeous Countach to cook?
Being a billionaire is a full-time job. There's stuff to buy and major business decisions to make. But having this amount of wealth also has one major drawback: retaining it. Unfortunately for British businessman James Stunt, the ex-husband of Petra Ecclestone, daughter of former Formula 1 chief Bernie Ecclestone, that billionaire status is now down the drain. The guy is bankrupt. Trading in gold hasn't worked out so well, apparently. His assets, including his cars, have been frozen by a British court, according to The Sun.
He pledged to sell many of his possessions including high-valued artwork, wines, and cars to help pay back his debts which amount to around $17.5 million. However, British courts have barred him from selling these assets because he couldn't guarantee repayment. And now one of his prized cars has been destroyed.
This Lamborghini Countach, according to Fox News, was found on the side of the road completely cooked by fire. There's very little left and nothing is likely salvageable. The entire engine and passenger compartments are destroyed but the cause of the blaze is still unknown. So, who was driving the Countach at the time of the fire? Well, it wasn't Stunt. Investigators do not believe he was in the car at the time while a witness to the blaze said "the man claiming to be the owner was a black man with dyed green hair. James Stunt wasn't here." Not surprisingly, the Countach's registration had also expired.
What was particularly interesting about this specific Countach is that it's topless. Some have even questioned the authenticity of the vehicle. Is it simply a good roadster conversion or a kit car? Whatever the case may be, the car is a goner. We don't know its precise value, but a Countach in good condition can easily fetch anywhere from $250,000 to even nearly $1 million.